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Harry hails Estonia's Afghan help

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 00:49

May 17 - Britain's Prince Harry pays tribute to Estonian forces fighting alongside UK troops in Afghanistan. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Britain's Prince Harry paid tribute to Estonia's soldiers on Friday (May 16), the first day of his trip to the Baltic nation. The prince observed a minute's silence at Estonia's Monument of Independence in memory of soldiers who died fighting Russia. The visit is being seen as a sign of Western support for the Baltics, where people are alarmed by Russia's actions in Ukraine. A crowd of about 300 Estonians waved British flags to welcome Harry as he arrived at the monument in Tallinn's Old Town dressed in a military ceremonial uniform. He later met Estonia's Prime Minister Taavi Roivas and members of the government at an official reception at the national parliament building in Tallinn's Old Town. Harry expressed his gratitude for Estonia's contribution to the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan. Estonia has participated in the NATO mission since 2003, contributing around 150 servicemen. "I and many other British soldiers have been privileged to work along side your troop in Afghanistan. Your armed forces have built formidable reputation for their professionalism and bravery in the most testing conditions. You get the job done with minimum fuss and I love that," he said. Roivas said Estonia was one of the few NATO members to fulfil the alliance's requirement to contribute two percent of the national budget to defence. The prime minister also said that Great Britain was a key contributor to Estonia's national security. Earlier this month Britain sent around 100 British troops to participate in NATO exercises in Estonia. Britain has also sent four Typhoon fighter jets to patrol Baltic skies.

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Harry hails Estonia's Afghan help

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 00:49